Lonar Crater (part-2), Aurangabad, Maharashtra
There is no outlet for this water body other than evaporation, which may be the reason for its salinity. Some water birds were swimming at a distance, which indicated the water was fit enough for animals to survive in it.
Ishani on seeing the boys there commented wishfully, “How lucky they are to have a whole crater to play around and swim in”! The boys there filled a bottle with crater water for us. They were in fact encouraging us to taste it for its salinity but we didn’t dare to.
“Scientists suspect that the meteor is still embedded about 600m below the south-eastern rim of the crater.”- Lonely Planet South India. We spent about 15 minutes at the lake; it was cool in every sense of the word! And discovered a few more wonders around it: several temples, some of which dating back to 13th century or older.
Temples along Lonar Crater
There are many temples along the lake shore. Some are in ruins; the Shiva Linga of this temple in ruins is missing.
The extremely beautiful Shankar Ganesh temple… I stood here transfixed by the architectural beauty of this small shrine still maintained and preserved so well…
The wooden idol of Rama… “It has been here for centuries”, said the boys, who were constantly accompanying us from the time we landed at the base… the idol of Hanuman in the shrine just opposite to the Rama temple.
The Mor Mahadev temple, situated close to the water. Half of it gets submerged in water when there are heavy rains and Lonar water level rises.
Try and reach the place before 11am, after this the descent under the scorching sun can sap you of your energy. Take decent amount of energy boosters and water especially if you are traveling with children. We visited the place in the peak of winters, when the mercury read 32 degrees, it was HOT.
The temple on the other side of the lake…the view is hypnotic. Standing here I thought- “What if a meteorite hits us at this moment, but such things do not happen out of the blue. Actually they do happen, read here, you get all news of Near Earth Objects and their predicted paths and movements.